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Windows 7: Merge 2 different recovery environments

01 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 
Merge 2 different recovery environments

Is there anyway I can merge the

1. Norton Ghost 15 revovery boot.wim
with
2. Windows 7 PE Repair My Computer Screen.

I want a boot.wim that when you boot from it, under the repair my computer, it has an option to open the Symantic Recovery Tool from Ghost.


If i cant merge them, then is there a way to transfer the reovery environment to a Windows 7 PE, because before it was a Windows Vista PE.

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01 Mar 2010   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can try.

I got the Paragon Hard Disk Manager files from the pe2.1 wim and put them into pe 3 wim.

It works great (except for the help files , which doesn't bother me).

I have a fair idea how the Paragon apps. are put together , so it wasn't hard.

Not sure how easy it would be with ghost.

You can put all the .wims in one iso then select which to boot from the menu.

Just need to add the entries to bcd in the boot folder.
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01 Mar 2010   #3

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you are in 7, probably quickest to mount the boot.wim of the 32 bit install files, using dism , or imagex, or Gimagex.

Then mount the ghost.wim and copy the files across to the 7 32 wim you mounted.

Might be simplest to mount image 2 of the 7 32 bit boot.wim , then put the ghost files in the sources folder.

Then unmount with commit, boot it up and see how it goes.

You may need to find a way to fire up ghost.exe from the command prompt in winpe. Go to the command prompt, and have a look for ghost.exe then see if you can get it to run.

Post a screenie of the contents of the ghost wim, be able to see better that way.

You can see inside with 7zip, or mount the wim to take a screenshot.
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01 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Could i do the same, but copy the files over to a x64 windows 7 pe? And once i do, would there be any way for me to add it to the context menu of the Repair my computer menu?
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01 Mar 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No, practically nothing will work from x64 pe. It doesn't include syswow.

You need to make a separate x86 wim and include any apps you want in that.

You then have 2 wims.

The x64 wim will be called boot.wim by default - you need to rename it REC64.wim is fine.

The new wim you make by mounting the x86 boot.wim and adding in your apps. should still keep the name boot.wim

Put both those .wims inside the sources folder of x86 windows files.

Add an entry for the REC64.wim to the bcd store in the boot folder of the x86 files.

Adding the entry is explained here:

creating a 2 OS thumb drive

To keep the size down , you can delete everything from the x86 files\sources folder except the 2 wims.


Create an iso. Boot it and you can choose either the "Windows Setup" option , which is the x86 boot.wim with your programs inside, or the REC64.wim.

Obviously, when creating the boot menu entries, you can give them any description you like - that is what you see on the boot menu screen.
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02 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

So are you basically saying merge the 2 .wims, both x86, then add boot entries to boot from the wim?
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02 Mar 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I would keep both the REC64.wim and the x86 boot.wim ( which includes your added apps ).


You can boot either off the Hard drive by adding entries to bcd .


Or, you can create a bootable cd/flash again with entries for both wims in the boot menu.
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